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by Neal Rogers
September 6, 2017
Photography by Gruber Images; Cor Vos; Kristof Ramon
At the 2017 Colorado Classic, Colombian Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) sat down with CyclingTips editor Neal Rogers, on camera, to discuss his recent Tour de France podium finish, his thoughts on smaller teams at races, and the passion of Colombian fans.
A sampling of questions, and answers, below.
CT: If Chris Froome rode for Wanty-Groupe Gobert instead of Team Sky this year…
RU: I would have won the Tour! It’s easy! No, Chris Froome is strong. He’s really, really strong.
CT: In the first time trial at the Tour de France, you lost time, you were required by the UCI to swap your TT bike. How frustrating is it, when you think about the time you lost in Dusseldorf?
RU: [You must] always focus, because it’s the first day. The Tour is long, it’s three weeks. Okay, maybe you lose 20 seconds, or 40, it’s important, for the final after two weeks maybe you need time, you know, because it’s the Tour de France, or Giro d’Italia, or Vuelta a Espana, it’s always three weeks, you need to focus every day, every stage.
CT: The passion for cycling in Colombia seems to be just growing and growing. Tell me a bit about the enthusiasm of the Colombian fans.
RU: The Colombian fans are so crazy. They like sport — all the sports, cycling, soccer, everything. It’s like the Colombian athlete is working for, you know, Colombia. You don’t need to win the Tour de France, if you just go to the Tour, the people in Colombia are so happy.
Video shot and edited by Nigel Dick.